In 1945 there were three anonymous bikers in Atlantic City who enjoyed the sport of riding motorcycles. They would frequently cross the bridge that connected Philadelphia and New Jersey and do “burn-outs” in the oil at the base of the bridge, originating the name “Old Burners”. Every weekend Coffee, Cheyenne Boddie, Spartacus, and Peter Gun rode to Philadelphia to party with Big Daddy, June and Maverick. Freddie “Coffee” Carter (right) led the riders whom all enjoyed stunt riding.
In November 1946, Freddie “Coffee” Carter founded a club with seven total original members already known for racing, trick riding, partying and “burning rubber from State to State”. Coffee decided to name the club “The State Burner's”, starting the first and only Black Motorcycle Club on the East Coast.
In 1966 a new young member named Charles joined the club, but he did not have a riding name. He wanted to learn how to stunt ride, so Coffee and Cheyenne taught him. He was good at performing a trick called “Bull Dogging” and looked like a wild Cowboy at a rodeo while doing it; thus, he was given the name “Cowboy”.
Cowboy became the President of the State Burners in 1968 and is currently the last original member of the State Burner's. Upon becoming President in 1968, Cowboy designed the first set of colors with two rockers and a center piece. The center piece shows a rider riding side saddle; this was used because all of the original members were stunt riders. The seven flames coming from the back tire is an honor to the seven members who started the club. At present, Cowboy has established 13 Chapters ranging from coast-to-coast and the State Burner's still maintain the reputation of respect and teaching and promoting safe riding.